Judge Continues Status Hearing for Case of 1998 Murder

A DC Superior Court judge continued a hearing for a defendant charged in connection with a 1998 homicide. 

Kenneth Bryant Jr., 48, is charged with first-degree murder while armed in the shooting of 35-year-old James Lane on Aug. 10, 1998, on the 200 block of S Street, NE. He picked up the charge in 2019.

During the June 21 hearing, the prosecution requested more time to give Bryant’s defense attorney, Ronald Resetarits, evidence because the case is so old.

Judge Milton Lee continued the status hearing to July 21. 

Bryant is currently being held at FCI Bennettsville, a federal prison in South Carolina, on other charges. According to the Bureau of Prisons (BOP), he has a release date in April 2025. The charges he was conviction of could not be immediately confirmed.

According to court documents, Bryant was charged with murder in 1989 and then again in 1990. Both cases were dismissed by grand juries. A 1990 case, in which he was charged with assault with intent to kill, met the same fate. He was also charged with armed burglary in 1992, but a jury acquitted him.